I arrived here in Winnipeg from Sweden in January 1971 and immediately phoned home to my wife, Ingrid, in Sweden, and told her that we could not possibly live in Winnipeg. It was too cold, the temperature that is, and the mounds of snow lying uncleared on the streets were so filthy.
However, my prospective employers convinced me Winnipeg is a wonderful place. My wife, Ingrid, arrived in June 1971 with our two daughters, Ursula and Josephine, and after the initial first few months, we have never regretted calling Winnipeg home.
We have experienced so many wonderful acts of kindness, it is difficult to know where to start. Here are just a few of them.
My thanks to the lady driving by Deer Lodge Centre who got out of her car and stopped the traffic when the lights changed and I was stuck in the middle of Portage Avenue with my walker and who insisted on driving me home.
Thanks also to our wonderful friends, our "adopted children" Marina and Cameron Gray who have established the habit of inviting themselves for dinner, bringing with them an entire gourmet dinner with wine and after the meal, thoroughly cleaning the kitchen.
And for their kindness when they, together with our mutual friends, Nicole and Jason Clarke bought a TV for my new bedroom on the ground floor as I am no longer able to go upstairs to the master bedroom.
Thanks also to our neighbour across the street, Bob Ellison, who throughout this winter has cleared our driveway after every major snow fall and who comes over to the house whenever he is beckoned to fix an electrical or a plumbing problem.
And my thanks to the doctors, the nursing staff and the rehabilitation staff at nine of Winnipeg’s 11 hospitals. (I was never admitted to the other two, the Children’s Hospital and the Women’s Hospital, as I did not have the necessary qualifications for entry!)
And special thanks to Dr. Russell Alback and all of the staff at the PRIME Program which helps seniors stay in their homes. For the past 18 months, I have been a very happy client of this program overseen by Judy Ahrens Townsend.
And finally, my sincere thanks to the crew of seven home care aides who look after me daily. Where else in Canada would we receive such care? Thank heavens for the Manitoba health care system.
Manitoba, and more specifically Winnipeg, certainly lives up to the slogan, Friendly Manitoba.
My thanks to you all.
— Michael Cox